Ray Allen sets all-time three-point record, but Celtics fall to Lakers (VIDEO)
Kobe Bryant scored 23 points as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Boston Celtics 92-86 at TD Garden Thursday night, in what could be a preview of the 2011 NBA Finals.
It was sweet revenge for the defending champions, who lost to Boston less than two weeks ago at Staples Center. Ray Allen, who broke Reggie Miller‘s all-time NBA record for three-pointers, led the Celtics with 20 points and Rajon Rondo had 12 points and 10 assists.
Allen’s jumper at the 1:48 mark in the first quarter gave him 2,561 three-pointers for his career— a figure that flashed on the scoreboard while the fans at TD Garden stood and applauded throughout.
“All records are made to be broken,” said Miller, who was sitting courtside calling the game for TNT. “I’m just so happy for him because this is one of the best guys. This is great for the game of basketball.”
Pau Gasol added 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Andrew Bynum, the subject of trade rumors in the never-ending Carmelo Anthony saga, finished with 16 points for Los Angeles.
The Celtics will host the Miami Heat on Sunday (Feb. 13) in a showdown of Eastern Conference giants.
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